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View looking southwest at a shallow pool that is associated with the Baths of Hadrian—the visible arches and walls in the upper left background.  Water flowed into the pool from a pipe that was located just below the statue.  At the four corners of the pool, there were fluted columns (partially finished) and in turn, the pool was surrounded on all sides by a covered portico.

The Hadrianic Baths were built to honor a visit of the Roman Emperor Hadrian to Aphrodisias (r. AD 117-138).  There is a Palestra (workout area) on the east side, and the usual rooms of a Roman Bath — Apoditerium, Frigidarium, Tepidarium, Caldarium, and furnace room.  These rooms were vaulted.  The limestone walls still stand.  Originally they were covered with marble, most of which has been robbed out.  The floors were paved with carved marble tiles.  The bath complex measures 280 x 215 feet.